verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to bring (a subject, scene, etc.) into closeup by using a zoom lens: to zoom in for a look at the injured man; to zoom in on a candidate at a political convention.
- to examine more closely or in greater detail; focus on: The panel zoomed in on the subject of abortion.
Origin of zoom
British Dictionary definitions for zoom in on
Word Origin for zoom
Word Origin and History for zoom in on
1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c.1917 as aviators began to use it; zoom lens is 1936.
Idioms and Phrases with zoom in on
zoom in on
Obtain a close up view of the subject with a camera, as in The TV people zoomed in on the Olympic gold medalist. [Mid-1900s]
Focus on, examine closely, as in The moderator got the panelists to zoom in on the health-care issue. [Second half of 1900s]